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Additional pay hikes for state workers not “too ambitious” -solon

23 August 2016 No Comment

23 August 2016
Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)

Additional pay hikes for state workers not “too ambitious” -solon

Government should grant salary increases in addition to the paltry hikes given under Executive Order 201, the four-year salary hike given by the Aquino administration, said ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio. The militant solon asserted this after the Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno said to Congress, at the presentation of the proposed 2017 budget Monday, that giving salary increases higher than EO 201 is “todo ambisyon” and thus cannot be included in the proposed 2017 budget.
“While we welcome the inclusion of the second installment for salary increases in the 2017 budget, we maintain that government employees deserve much, much more than the paltry hikes under EO 201,” said Tinio. He reminded DBM that EO 201 is greatly criticized by state workers, especially low- and middle-level employees who will be granted increases of only 11% to 22% over four years.
“It is not ‘todo ambisyon’ to demand for pay hikes greater than EO 201’s P543-per month or P24-per day increase given to entry-level public school teachers. They, along with other education personnel, nurses, clerks, and others in the bureaucracy, only invoke their rights to adequate compensation, to be paid much more than loose change.”
Tinio added that civilian personnel, like the military and police, also need pay hikes. “It is not ‘todo ambisyon’ to ask for additional finances just like those given to military and uniformed personnel. Both sets of government employees serve the people to their utmost, have the same need to adequately provide for their families, and are affected by the same perpetually rising cost of living.”
He also scored the reasoning that salary hikes higher than EO 201 cannot be granted because income taxes will be lowered anyway. “It is not ‘todo ambisyon’ to ask for both substantial salary increases and lower income taxes, as both—not one without the other—answer to the people’s right to a decent standard of living.”
“We urge the Duterte administration and Congress to begin the process towards a salary scheme that will be more responsive to the dire needs of the ordinary Filipino,” ended Tinio. “We offer our proposal as embodied in House Bill 56 which seeks minimum monthly salaries of P16,000 for the lowest-ranked government employee, P25,000 for public school teachers, and P27,000 for college instructors, as well as an augmented Personnel Economic Relief Allowance of P5,000 per month.” ###

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